On 10 June, the Latvian Ambassador to Korea, Pēteris Vaivars, met with the Mayor of Seoul, Park Won Soon, to brief him on the opening of the Embassy and the accreditation of the first resident Ambassador of Latvia to Korea. The Ambassador also spoke with the Mayor about Latvia’s preparations for its centennial celebration in 2018 and requested the involvement of the Seoul City Council in the organisation of public diplomacy events in the Korean capital.
Cooperation in culture, education and climate change mitigation was also discussed. The Mayor expressed his pleasure at the concert tour to Korea by the renowned Latvian youth choir Kamēr and its performance planned at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Gangnam District in Seoul. The Ambassador drew Mayor Park’s attention to other outstanding musicians from Latvia – Gidon Kremer, who gives a concert in Seoul on 12 June, Mariss Jansons, Mischa Maisky, and others.
As both officials discussed cooperation in education, the Mayor thanked the Ambassador for his involvement in the school project, as part of which, Ambassadors of EU Member States visit schools and give presentations on the EU and their home countries. The Ambassador and the Mayor agreed that active engagement with students at schools and universities is bound to pay off greatly in the future. In the context of climate issues, the Mayor recognised that the air quality in Seoul was poor, and both officials agreed to seek opportunities for between both countries to work together in the area of climate change mitigation.
The Embassy of Latvia in the Republic of Korea opened in September 2015. The first resident Ambassador of Latvia to Korea, Pēteris Vaivars, was accredited on 15 January 2016. The aim of the Embassy is to promote bilateral relations between Latvia and the Republic of Korea with a main focus on intensification of business cooperation.
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803